Dundalk Fri, 20th Sep, 2019
Cache Queen It was great that we kept faith because she'd gone off the boil a little bit. I had her in at Hamilton twice this year and they were cancelled. We were going to go again with her last week but we said we'd wait for this. We worked her up here and she worked well. It's great for Conor and Josephine Hughes, who own the Mullingar Park Hotel. They've kept faith in her. She won a couple of times last year and was very consistent but she just struggled then with a high mark. She's back down and hopefully she'll win again for them. We'll keep her on the go here and see what happens.
Cork Sun, 1st Sep, 2019
Nurse Barbara We're delighted with her. She's as honest as the day is long, she is not the biggest filly in the world but she's got great heart and Colin absolutely loved her,. He said she winged the gates. First time out the only concern was would she be green but she basically led all the way and he pulled clear at the furlong pole because she wanted to do it, which is half the battle. He thinks she is better than a maiden winner. We'll see how she comes out of the race and take it from there. Colin loves that sprint track and she just floated on it. She's not the biggest but she doesn't need to be when she has a heart. She kept going. She was ready to go but it was the first time she saw grass and ours do come on an awful lot from the first run.
Killarney Thu, 22nd Aug, 2019
Loveisthehigherlaw She has good entries and is a nice filly but I didn't want to run her in a Stakes race on her second start and she has got physically stronger since her last run,. We picked out this race quite a while ago and we'll feel our way with her and she won't run too many more times this year. She has the options but I don't know where she'll turn up. She'll be a better filly next year and maybe again at five - her mother won a Group 1 when she was four. She should be a Stakes filly whether it is this year or next year I'm not sure. She is the first horse I've run for Team Valor but I've sold them horses in the past - the last one I sold them, Pillar Mountain, is running in a Grade 1 at Saratoga on Saturday.
Cork Sat, 17th Aug, 2019
Kodiqueen we're delighted with her. I thought the handicapper was a bit hard on her for last time so we had to take 7lb off her back with Gavin (Ryan) because she's a small filly. The fact it was a three-year-old-only race today was why she ran here over five furlongs, but six furlongs is her best trip. We'll look for another handicap.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Silk Forest I was happy that she went and won the way she did,. She had a couple of nice runs under her belt. She had a small setback, was just ready to start back so that's great. She has a good pedigree and we definitely think she has the ability to run in stakes race at some stage. She's entered in the Fairy Bridge in two weeks time and we'll see. I'm delighted that she's gone and won, it was important that she did, and I'm very thankful to the owners who have sent me some nice horses. It's great that the first one has won.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Tony The Gent I agree with these claimers. I don't think these horses, when you add in the prize-money, would make the same money in the horse-in-training sales. If I support them, like I have last year as well, and people see them coming from our yard isn't it good business. Other than that you end up accumulating them in the yard. I need horses that can win and if they can't win this is a lovely out and we can move on to the next one. I think we should support races like this. I think he's a good quality horse for a race like that, as was the horse last night. Somebody will win a couple of races with him and drop him back into a claimer. I just think that's the way the system should work and I've no problem with that. The horse last night will go into a claimer in two weeks time again.
Sligo Wed, 7th Aug, 2019
Kodiqueen It was a three-year-old only race and they are hard to find. She impressed me and she won it well,. It wasn't a great race in my opinion but she won it well and she'll probably stick to handicaps. With fillies you have to be very delicate with them, you can't push them - they have to come. When you leave them they'll do it and they'll do it again. She's a well-bred filly as she's out of a Group 3 winning Dubawi mare. She'll be a nice filly for the paddocks eventually. It's very important to win as a three-year-old for their residual value at breeding. Four-year-old is not accepted anymore for some reason. This is the first one we've had for the owners (Ballylinch Stud) so please God it may continue We have one other one for them.
Galway Tue, 30th Jul, 2019
Rita Levi Colin is unreal around these tracks and is strong and is the last man ever to go for his stick. To be fair to the filly she looked brilliant and it was the first time ever she looked like a mare than a filly and has taken her racing really well. Colin was brilliant but you need to have a horse underneath you.
Killarney Tue, 16th Jul, 2019
Koybig We got him last year and Denis McGettigan wanted a couple of horses for friends of his and we had him in Dundalk last year, but I didn't think he was on the top of his game. He has had a break this year and has come back very well and had a good run at Limerick the last day (when third). There are a couple of options at Galway and while he hasn't run there, he'd suit Galway and looks like he'd come out of the dip well.
Limerick Sun, 7th Jul, 2019
Port Lions He has so much ability and wants things his way but that worked out really well. There wasn't enough pace for him at the Curragh the last day and he also ran into a bit of trouble but these things happen and that's racing,. He was in good order today and he is picking up lovely prize-money for us. While the ground is the way it is he'll keep running as he is enjoying himself. Freddie (Tylicki, brother) has a very good eye to spot them and he was involved in buying him and I'm delighted for him and the lads (The Lions Partnership, owners). It was a family effort and we'll have a look through the calendar with Fred and make a plan next.
Naas Sat, 6th Jul, 2019
Aleef He won a lovely pot at Navan for us and he goes on most ground including the all-weather but he would have appreciated that little bit of rain we got this morning.
Limerick Sat, 15th Jun, 2019
Rhydwyn He is a very nice horse and came on a bit from his run in Listowel. He will go on any ground and is a good actioned horse and strides out well. He has a nice pedigree and is owned by Julie and David Routledge-Martin and their nephew Dan Hall. It is nice to have a winner for them as they enjoy their racing and we had a second for them last night. Hopefully we can have them here the next day he runs. We'll have to stand back and have a think about it now but I'd say he can come back to seven furlongs and has lots of options. I think he can progress.
Fairyhouse Thu, 30th May, 2019
Klute That was great and Shane couldn’t pull him up (took a long time for him to return to the parade ring). He was really well in himself and back up to seven I think he enjoyed it. We’ll aim at seven-furlong Listed races, and he likes top of the ground. He might shape up to a mile but he looks like a sprinter and is very strongly built.
Gowran Park Wed, 29th May, 2019
Tony The Gent I suppose he was due that. When the handicapper has you you just have to keep plugging away until you get down to your mark again. It's as fast as he wants it and he deserves that and Colin said he picked up well. You'd expect him to win that as he did and he just needs to stay in this bracket. We've been claiming off him with the kids but they're just not strong enough for him, he's been taking the mickey out of them.
Naas Sun, 19th May, 2019
Port Lions We’ll have loads of fun with him for the rest of the year. He did it well and I’m very pleased with him. We bought him last year at the October Sales. He ticked a lot of the boxes for us as he likes firm ground and had some serious form around Dundalk, so we have a horse for the all-weather as well as the turf.
Cork Fri, 10th May, 2019
Loveisthehigherlaw she is a lovely filly and Charles and Noel sent her to me as a yearling and she has always been very nice. Her dam won the Prix Vermeille and even though she is by Kodiac, her dam is by Shantou and she appreciated the ten furlongs there. She was just ready to start today and Billy said she came alive in his hands and pricked her ears at the finish. She is a very well bred filly and her owners have a stud farm so we'll see where we go (regarding black-type races).